Chicago Police To Deploy An Extra 1,500 Officers For Fourth Of July

Steve Miller
July 03, 2018 - 7:22 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police announced they will have more officers out on Wednesday for the Fourth of July.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said extra officers are being deployed for the Independence Day holiday, when people will be out at the beaches and the parks.

"For the Fourth of July we will have roughly 1,500 additional officers out there," he said.

Supt. Johnson said the 1,500 will be spread out over the entire city.

"Listen, we don't have obligation to just one part of the city, we have an obligation to the entire city; so when we throw out numbers out like that, it's not just for a specific area, that's all over the city, because we have an obligation to keep everyone safe."

This past weekend, 23 people were shot - including five children age 15 and under.

Johnson spoke to reporters on Tuesday after he and Mayor Emanuel touted the One Summer Chicago jobs program designed to provide work experience and keep teenagers safe and off the streets.